Top Workplaces: State school is No. 4 midsize workplace - Albuquerque Journal

Top Workplaces: State school is No. 4 midsize workplace

New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Transition Coordinator Holly Bird uses a skeleton in a life skills classroom to show students proper hand placement when performing compressions for CPR in fall of 2019. (Courtesy of New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired)

Rank: No. 4, midsize workplace category.

Description: New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a statewide network of services that ensures all students who are blind or visually impaired will become independent, productive members of their communities by identifying and providing education and collaborating with students, families and partners to provide training, resources and support services. The Alamogordo-based school was constitutionally created in 1903 by the Territorial Legislature of New Mexico. Today, the state school employs 206 New Mexicans at its three locations, and has been ranked on the Journal’s Top Workplaces list six times.

From the Organization: “75% of the eligible workforce of individuals who are blind/visually impaired are not employed,” leaders wrote. “This statistic has not changed appreciably in the past 25 years. The vision of the NMSBVI is to see that percentage change for the better. As a school of highly trained professionals, the NMSBVI is engaged in supporting employers to learn more about blindness and to envision an individual who is blind on their work-staff. These same educators are deeply involved with each student and family to help prep.”

From the Employees: “The school has great administration, a high level of professionalism and is working hard to improve VI services around the state,” one staff member wrote. “So many teachers in this country are burdened with huge caseloads and limited support, especially teachers that are supporting students with blindness and low vison. I very much appreciate that NMSBVI is committed to providing high quality services, participating in on-going research and is committed to reaching the entire state (which is a hard state to serve).”


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